After a year away, Sigma Olomouc are back in the Czech top flight. Truth be told, Olomouc’s major club should never have been relegated in the first place. How they slipped from being dark horses for the league championship to the second division in eighteen months has mystified the great Continue Reading →

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Michal Vepřek's maiden goal for the club, two minutes into the second half, earned Sigma the first major honour in their 93-year history. The triumph came only five days after Petr Uličný's team lost to Sparta by the same scoreline in the Czech First League, where 30 points and 11 places separate the sides.

Since 2011, Olomouc have had an agreement where FK SAN-JV Šumperk is acting as their farm team.[1]

When the whistle blew on the National League’s 2014-15 season the action switched from stadia to conference halls, courtrooms and the corridors of the Czech FA for it would be politicians, club chairman and the judiciary who would eventually determine who would be promoted and, ultimately, who would be relegated. Unfortunately, the Continue Reading →

The club qualified to play European football in 1996 after finishing as runners-up in the 1995–96 Czech First League.[4]

The 62-year-old also announced that he is going to retire at the end of the season. Sigma are six points clear of the relegation zone with three matches remaining. "I have definitely decided," he said. "I've had a long coaching career and I want to enjoy watching football during my retirement – I deserve a rest."

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With some journalists suggesting that Chory could be one of the best footballers to emerge from Sigma’s academy, there were high hopes for 2015. Continue Reading →

Sparta's opening shot across the bows came from the boot of midfielder Marek Matějovský, who sent a free-kick narrowly off target, before the same player teed up Ladislav Krejčí, whose shot hit the side netting. Back came Sigma, though, and after Jan Navrátil worked Sparta goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík, Vepřek fashioned space for himself on the left and delivered a right-footed cross-shot which sailed into the net.

Reflecting on Sigma's historic triumph, Uličný said: "There is great potential in our young players and I hope Sigma can repeat such successes in the near future."

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Jan Navrátil and Schulmeister squandered a chance apiece to make the result safe, the latter with just Vaclík to beat, but, save for keeper Zdeněk Zlámal denying Sparta's Josef Hušbauer, Sigma safely saw out the closing stages.

Back-to-back titles, the end of an era, some midweek fun in Europe, the emergence of Tomas Soucek, and officials ‘enjoying’ one too many shots of Slivovice. Continue Reading →

No matter how many talking points a weekend throws up, the spotlight always ends up shining bright on the affairs of one of the ‘new’ big two. Up until a few hours before the first words of this piece were typed, the central theme was going to be the continued Continue Reading →

SK Sigma Olomouc belied expectation by winning the Czech Cup for the first time, defeating AC Sparta Praha 1-0 in the final in Plzen.

Olomouc finished fourth in the 1998–99 Czech First League, again qualifying for European competition.[5] The club was fined 5,000 Swiss francs in October 1999 for racist chanting in a UEFA Cup match against Real Mallorca's black players.[6]

SK Sigma Olomouc is a Czech football club from the city of Olomouc. The club currently plays in the Synot Liga, the first tier of Czech football. The club played in the first tier league for 30 years between 1984 and 2014, winning the Czech Cup and Czech Supercup in 2012. Being relegated to Czech 2. Liga in 2014, the club managed to win the league the subsequent season and got a promotion back to Synot Liga in 2015.

In August 2011, the club was fined 4 million Czech koruna and deducted nine points as a result of a corruption enquiry by the Football Association of the Czech Republic.[7] Olomouc won the Czech Cup that season, but were banned by UEFA from competing in the subsequent UEFA Europa League due to the corruption sanctions.[7] In 2014 the club finished 15th in the league, resulting in their relegation after 30 years in the top level of competition.[8]

Only the post saved Sparta from falling behind after 13 minutes, Jan Schulmeister running on to Zdeněk Klesnil's through ball and hitting the right-hand upright with a low shot. Schulmeister's rebound was blocked by Manuel Pamić.